Written by Godfrey AKON

TETFund interventions: ASUU vows to resist private varsities inclusion

v id="m_-6169614323155063900ydp7915a819yiv0068766047yMail_cursorElementTracker_1511524036853" style="color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has vowed to resist any attempt to include private universities and other institutions as beneficiaries of Federal Government interventions through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.


ASUU National President, Comrade Bioudun Ogunyemi, who stated this at the presentation of the maiden edition of the TETFund monthly digest in Abuja, alleged that private universities were lobbying relevant authorities to be added as beneficiaries of the fund's interventions.


Ogunyi also criticized proprietors of public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education for turning TETFund into the sole sponsor of infrastructural projects in the institutions.

"TETFund has become the principal or sole pillar of support for all projects in our campuses; universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, and this call for concerns because TETFund suppose to be an intervention agency

"TETFund should not be the primary source of funding capital projects in tertiary institutions; and now pressures are being mounted to make it all-comers affair.

"Private institutions have begun to lobby and they want to say we are all Nigerians, let TETFund fund the institutions, including where they are charging fees," he said.


Speaking on the presentation of the monthly digest  by TETFund, the ASUU president said the move will ensure transparency in the manner cheif executives of tertiary institutions manage the Fund's allocations for staff development and other interventions.


According to him, the publication will allow the union to properly monitor all interventions projects in universities to ensure  expected outcome.

While presenting the Monthly Digest to the public, the Executive Secretary of the TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, said the publication contains the agency's multi-billion interventions cutting across research activities, infrastructural projects, scholarships, among others.

"This publication contains activities of TETFund in every month of the year; research activities, monitoring of projects, approving of research grant, infrastructural projects.

"This is to take transparency to higher level by publishing every projects and amount, we compile them and make them available to the public."


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